Maine Basketball Corridor of Fame declares newest class of inductees
Ten coaches with every greater than 300 profession wins at the highschool or faculty stage might be among the many 17 people who might be inducted into the Maine Basketball Corridor of Fame on the Cross Insurance coverage Heart in Bangor on Aug. 20.
There may also be six people who might be inducted as Legends of the Recreation and two groups inducted: the undefeated 1975 state Class B champion Foxcroft Academy boys’ staff (22-0) and the 1989 Little East Convention champion College of Southern Maine males’s squad, which went 24-7.
One of many inductees is former Presque Isle and Limestone Excessive College ladies’ basketball coach Jeff Hudson, who retired final 12 months after compiling a 436-124 document in 28 seasons, together with 5 at Limestone and 23 at Presque Isle.
His Presque Isle groups gained 4 regional championships and three state titles (2006, 2012, 2013).
“That is very humbling,” mentioned Hudson, 57. “I used to be actually fortunate to educate improbable youngsters and improbable gamers and work with different nice coaches.”
“It feels form of odd as a result of I had lots of mentors I paid consideration to,” the Presque Isle native added. “Some are within the Corridor of Fame and others aren’t. Once you coach a basketball staff, it’s a staff effort. And (assistant coach) Ralph Michaud was an enormous a part of our success at Presque Isle.”
Hudson mentioned he’ll all the time keep in mind the state championship groups, “however we additionally had lots of different good groups. We had an incredible stretch from 2009 to 2020. We gained 64 video games in a row and that was a reasonably large deal. And we had an extended successful streak at dwelling. I don’t know what number of we gained.”
Ellsworth native Mike McDevitt, who’s coach of the ladies’s staff at St. Joseph’s Faculty in Standish. He compiled a document of 602-210 as an NCAA Division III coach and had 1,381 factors and 674 rebounds as a participant at St. Joseph’s.
The opposite coaches being inducted embody:
Husson College males’s coach Warren Caruso, who at 525-249 is the winningest coach in North Atlantic Convention historical past; Larry Gardner, who gained 425 video games in stints because the boys’ and ladies’ coach at Fort Fairfield Excessive College and has a state title with every; Central Excessive of Corinth ladies’ coach Jamie Russell, who gained 422 video games whereas teaching boys’ and ladies’ groups between Central, Penobscot Valley Excessive College of Howland and Piscataquis Neighborhood Excessive in Guilford; Scott Graffam, who gained 413 video games at Scarborough, Medomak Valley and Oxford Hills after enjoying for Colby Faculty; Randy Harris, who posted 411 wins at Lee Academy, his alma mater, and gained the 2011 state C title; Madison Excessive College ladies’ coach Al Veneziano, who tallied 405 wins and 4 regional titles; Mike Murphy, who racked up 339 wins with the women’ groups at Westbrook and Deering Excessive College after enjoying at Merrimack Faculty and USM; and Todd Hanson, who gained 309 video games and a state Class A title as head coach of the Brunswick Excessive boys’ staff. Hanson additionally performed in 85 video games on the College of Maine.
The opposite inductees might be Waterville Excessive 1,000-point scorer and College of New Hampshire participant Margie Arnold; USM three-time Little East Participant of the 12 months and All-American Joanna Brown; South Portland Excessive star and two-time state champion Paul Burnell, who went on to play at Bentley and USM; Cheverus standout Jon Stovall, who performed on the College of Pennsylvania and Boston Faculty; Morse Excessive’s Brud Stover, who scored 1,144 factors at Bowdoin Faculty; Christina Robust of Georges Valley, who performed 4 years at UMaine and gained the Dean Smith Award; and York’s Angie Suffridge, who went on to have a stellar profession at Central Connecticut State, the place she ranked within the top-10 in all-time assists.
The Legends of the Recreation inductees are Byron Bean, who coached the Livermore Falls ladies to a 179-25 document and the 1976 state B title; Jack Cashman, a long-time referee who performed a significant function within the progress of youth basketball in Outdated City and created summer season leagues for highschool and faculty gamers; Schenck Excessive College Corridor of Famer and 1,250-point scorer at Southern Connecticut State Invoice Fiske; USM Corridor of Fame participant and Westbrook Faculty Corridor of Fame coach Jim Graffam; Skip Hanson, an incredible participant at Aroostook State Academics Faculty who coached the 1975 Foxcroft boys’ staff to the state championship; and Bruce MacKinnon, who led Morse to the state Class A crown in 1962 and performed at UMaine earlier than teaching at Sanford Excessive.